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‘Low levels’ of natural substance caused strange taste and smell in Dublin drinking water last month

'Low levels' of natural substance caused strange taste and smell in Dublin drinking water last month Irish Water has revealed that low levels of a naturally occurring substance caused drinking water in parts of Dublin to have an unusual taste and smell last month.  The utility received more than 450 reports of an unnatural odour or taste coming off drinking water from customers across the capital...
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Billions of litres of untreated water overflows at Ringsend wastewater plant

Untreated wastewater has overflowed into Dublin Bay from the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) more than 100 times since the beginning of 2015.  Figures seen by TheJournal.ie show that billions of litres of untreated waste water have overflowed from the plant into the Liffey estuary in recent years, sparking concerns from politicians and environmental groups. The overflows include the di...
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Water charges of €500 may be in pipeline for those who waste

Up to 70,000 households could face water charges of up to €500 from next year if Irish Water gets the go-ahead to impose levies on customers who waste water.  The Commission for the Regulation of Utilities will make a decision by the end of this month on a proposal submitted by Irish Water to charge households found to be using water excessively. If the regulator consents to the plan, it will mea...
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Almost 14,000 lodge objections to €500m waste treatment plan

Almost 14,000 objections have been lodged against Irish Water's proposed €500m waste water treatment centre in Clonshaugh, north Dublin. The company has responded by saying it plans to use ultraviolet light to disinfect waste. Senior waste consultant Ciaran O'Keeffe said the decision to apply a tertiary treatment to human waste at the planned facility in Clonshaugh came after concerns were raised...
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Failure of Ringsend tank led to sewage discharge into Dublin Bay

A failure at one of the large processing tanks at Ringsend wastewater treatment plant occurred at the weekend, and caused a discharge of sewage sludge into the lower Liffey estuary at Poolbeg, Irish Water has confirmed.  The discharge into Dublin Bay was via an outfall located about a kilometre from the plant at about 9am on Saturday, it added. An aerial photograph taken in the area by an amateur ...
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Grim warnings about effect of any major pollution on Lough Mask

An extension to Tourmakeady Sewerage Scheme is vital to protect the Lough Mask Regional Water Supply Scheme, which covers a huge area, a meeting has been told.  This is a highly sensitive environmental area. It is crucially important that this extension takes place,” Councillor Al McDonnell (FF) told a meeting of Castlebar Municipal District (MD). Councillor Joe McHale (Sinn Féin) said it would...
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Protests over plans for Lough Ree Water Extraction

Over 300 people attended a protest in Westmeath last weekend against plans to extract some nine million gallons of water a day from Lough Ree.  It follows a planning application to Westmeath County Council by Irish Water for two major pieces of infrastructure at Portaneena, Killinure. Plans for a raw water intake works and water treatment plant follow planning approval granted for the water ext...
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Who polices the polluters of the State’s rivers, lakes and canals?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enforces licences issued to Irish Water for operating waste-water treatment plants and industrial/waste licences issued to industry.  So the agency prosecutes water-pollution cases, and it brought nine prosecutions against Irish Water in 2017 for causing pollution to surface water and groundwater, resulting in fines totalling €69,400. All prosecutions t...
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River Basin Management Plan 2018-2021 Launched

Plan to result in the protection and improvement of water quality in approximately 726 water bodies in Ireland €1.7 billion investment in urban waste water treatment infrastructure by 2021 New Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme to promote best agricultural practice regarding water quality in 190 targeted areas River Basin Management Plan (RBMP) for Ir...
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